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Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua

Mission Trip Information


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Project Info
    Project description
    Project dates
    Mission project components
    How to apply
    Finances

Travel
    Travel arrangements
    Passport and visa

Health and Safety
    Insurance
    Safety
    Vaccinations
    Common ailments
    Water

Info about Nicaragua and Puerto Cabezas 
    Details about our destination: Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua 
    Food and lodging
    Climate
    Electricity
    Exchanging money
    Spending money

Resources
    Evangelism resources
    Equipment needs for speakers
    Children's ministry

Additional Information
    About Quiet Hour Ministries’ mission trip program
    What to pack
    Contact


Project Info

Project description
The project will include evangelistic meetings and children’s Vacation Bible School programs in Puerto Cabezas. Outreach will also include clinics (if medical personnel is available), and the construction of a chapel.

Project dates
March 9-19, 2017  

Mission project components
The mission project will consist of the following components. You will have the opportunity to participate in any one or all of the following areas:
 • Evangelism
 • Children’s ministry
 • Construction project
 • Medical, dental and eye clinics*
*Clinics can only be held if appropriate medical personnel join the mission team.

How to apply
To successfully apply, all mission project participants are required to complete the following:
 1. Mission Project Application (login required), with $150 deposit (nonrefundable)
 2. Notarized Parental Consent and Medical Release Form. Required for participants under 18 years of age who travel into a foreign country without a parent. Original, notarized document must be kept with passport.

Finances
Participant minimum donation: $1,875. This donation includes airfare, food, lodging, insurance, local transportation, t-shirts, excursion, and a contribution towards the mission project. No visas are necessary for US Citizens, but a $10 tourist card must be purchased on arrival. Learn more about how trip costs are reached and what these amounts provide for.

Donation schedule:
 • $150 nonrefundable deposit due upon submitting application.
 • $900 due January 4, 2017 (also registration deadline)
 • $825 due January 25, 2017

*Please note: All donations must be made by the specified deadlines, or volunteers will forfeit their spot on the trip. We consider all funds received for the mission trip as donations to the project. In order to protect the tax deductibility of your gifts, all donations are nonrefundable. Minimum donation amounts do not cover potential luggage fees not included with airfare, departure taxes/arrival fees, visas/passports/tourist cards or any costs that may arise while traveling to and from the mission location. QHM is not responsible for costs involved with volunteers missing their flights or not being able to travel due to outdated passports or other travel documents.

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Travel

Travel arrangements
The travel arrangements will be made through Quiet Hour Ministries, as the airfare is included in your donations. Quiet Hour will arrange all on-site transportation, and a Quiet Hour team leader will be waiting to pick you up at the airport when you arrive in Nicaragua.

Passport and visa
Every participant MUST have a valid passport. If you do not have a passport, you can get one at your local post office. It will take 4 - 6 weeks to process. Visas are not needed for U.S. Citizens for stays of 90 days or less. However, you must purchase a tourist card for USD$10 upon arrival, which is not included in your minimum donation amount.

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Health and Safety

Insurance
Quiet Hour Ministries provides Short Term Mission Insurance for each participant age 84 and under through General Conference Risk Management Services. The period of coverage is for up to 21 days. Mission trip participants age 85 and older can and do participate on Quiet Hour mission trips, however we are unable to provide insurance for them.

Safety
We will do everything possible to ensure the safety of our participants. All our activities are planned in consultation with local church leaders and area experts. Participants will not be allowed to venture off on their own. While we don’t expect any danger, we do take precautions that all activities involve a minimum of two adults.

Vaccinations
There are no vaccine requirements to enter Nicaragua, although suggested are vaccinations against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies and typhoid. It’s also recommended the traveler’s tetanus and diphtheria vaccination be up-to-date.

Consult your family physician or your local health department/international travel clinic for additional information. Vaccinations you will need depend upon a number of factors, including your age, health status, and previous immunizations. Check Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Travelers’ Health http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/nicaragua website for more information on specific vaccinations and medicines that may be recommended.

Common ailments
Insect-borne illnesses are common and include malaria, dengue, Leishmaniasis, Chikungunya, and Chagas disease. Insect precautions (long sleeves/repellant) and anti-malarial chemoprophylaxis are encouraged.
 
Intestinal problems due to drinking non-purified water, or eating something that has not been “decontaminated” (washed in Clorox water). All tap water is unsafe for drinking purposes. Diseases from food and water often cause vomiting and diarrhea. Make sure to bring charcoal and/or diarrhea medicine with you so that you can treat mild cases yourself.

If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before your mission trip speak with your physician about the risks of Zika virus infection to infants. General information on the Zika virus is available at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/about/index.html. There are over 2,000 Zika virus cases in the U.S. as of August 2016 (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/united-states.html).
 
Precautions to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses include using mosquito repellant containing DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus/PMD (in EPA-registered repellent products, not essential oil), or IR3535, wearing clothing that covers the arms and legs, using a mosquito bedding net, as well as avoiding dark-colored clothing, perfumes, colognes, and after-shaves. For more information, go to: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/zika-virus-nicaragua
 

Other common health concerns are:
 • Dehydration – Be sure to bring at least one water bottle and drink lots of water throughout the day.
 • Sunburn – The sun can be very intense. Consider putting on sunscreen every day.
 • Exhaustion – Jet lag, long days of work and short nights of sleep require participants to pace themselves.

Water
Never drink tap water. Only drink purified or bottled water. You may also consider bringing a water purifier. Be aware that water filters are primarily for taste and do not remove contaminants. If you are interested in purchasing a water purifier, make sure that it is effective against protozoa/cysts, bacteria, and viruses.

Safe drinking water will be provided for participants. Pack a reusable water bottle that you can refill each day.

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Info about Nicaragua and Puerto Cabezas 

Details about our destination: Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua 
Nicaragua has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea, in the east, and the North Pacific Ocean, in the west, and has Costa Rica to the southeast and Honduras to the northwest.

It is the largest country in Central America and contains the largest freshwater body in Central America, Lago de Nicaragua (Lake Nicaragua). Roughly one quarter of the nation's population lives in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua, making it the second largest city and metropolitan area in Central America.

Recently the city was officially named Bilwi and Puerto Cabezas the municipality, even though most people refer to the city as Puerto Cabezas and is the department capital of RAAN on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. It is located 560 km northeast of Managua. There are approximately 27,000 inhabitants in Puerto Cabezas and there are 51 Miskitu communities which combine with Bilwi's population for a total of 51,000 inhabitants. The city is surrounded by rivers and lagoons.

The official languages of RAAN are Spanish, Miskitu, Sumo, and English. Spanish is predominately spoken, however a large segment of the population speaks Miskitu.

Food and Lodging
Vegetarian meals will be provided and lodging will be at a local hotel. There is a wide use of coconut with rice and beans. The majority of the vegetables found in Puerto Cabezas are transported from the Pacific via land. However, yucca, platanos, and seasonal fruits such as mangos and oranges are brought in from the communities on a daily basis.

Climate
Check the weather before your departure. Puerto Cabezas has tropical climate with precipitation year round, and a dry season in March and April. These months see an average precipitation of 2 inches. The average temperature ranges from a low of 76°F in February to 82 °F in May.

Electricity
The current in Nicaragua is 120 volts 60Hz with two prong plugs as in the U.S.

Exchanging money
Nicaragua’s currency is the córdoba. The US dollar is also accepted many places. Often prices are based on dollars but quoted in córdobas. If you pay in dollars, you will receive your change in córdobas. Credit cards are accepted in most stores, hotels, and restaurants throughout the country (not in little towns and off-road destinations). You can get cash from the ATMs, located in banks and gas stations.

While traveling, we strongly recommend the use of a money belt to carry your cash. Do not carry large amounts of money in your purse or wallet.

Spending money
All in-country trip expenses are included. Participants may want to bring along spending money for love offerings and souvenirs. $50-$100 should be a sufficient amount for youth to bring. 

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Resources

Trip resources
Quiet Hour Ministries will provide each team with the following resource information to help with their meetings:
 • Jesus video
 • Children's program felt set and craft supplies
 • Health presentation on PowerPoint
 • Set of downloadable sermons
 • Travel insurance
 • Basic medical/dental supplies
 • Eyeglasses and testing devices for eye clinics
 • Team t-shirts and journals

Each morning all team members are encouraged to meet together for morning devotions and to review the evening meeting’s sermons and health activities.

Equipment needs for speakers
Each speaker will need to bring:
 • Laptop computer, remote control and possibly a video projector.

**Sometimes projectors are provided at the mission locations, so check with your trip coordinator to make sure you must bring a projector.

Children's ministry
Programs and activities for the children will occur during each evangelistic meeting. Many times it is through the children that the adults are brought to the meetings. Therefore, it is important that much emphasis and preparation is given to the children’s programs and activities.

Quiet Hour Ministries provides a Vacation Bible School kit for each evangelistic site. The kit includes a Bible story felt set and story book to use in your program and leave with the local church, as well as craft supplies and instructions for a craft activity to go along with the Bible story. The programs can also include songs, stories from the Bible, nature nuggets, puppets, and other activities as desired.

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Additional Information

About Quiet Hour Ministries’ mission trip program
Quiet Hour Ministries specializes in mission projects that utilize Jesus’ method of evangelism: meeting people where they are and fulfilling their physical, mental and spiritual needs. Quiet Hour Ministries presents a holistic project that combines evangelistic meetings with other components to show love and compassion and generate interest in learning more about God’s saving grace.

Participants will have the opportunity to serve in multiple areas. Depending on the location, mission trip components may include some or all of the following: evangelistic meetings, Vacation Bible School, construction and clinics.

Come prepared not only to change the lives of the people you will serve, but to change your own life as well.

Visit our general FAQ page for more information or contact Georgia Burt at georgiab@qhministries.org, or (800) 900-9021 with any other questions you might have.

What to pack
Participants departing from the United States may be asked to carry ministry supplies such as eyeglasses for the clinics or Vacation Bible School materials to their destination.

See our suggested packing list.

Dress guidelines

General

In an effort to align ourselves with the customs of the countries we will be visiting, as well as follow biblical principles of modesty and appropriateness, we have compiled a list of items we ask that you leave at home:
1) Short shorts, short skirts or short dresses (Knee-length shorts acceptable for beach activities and skirts/dresses that come to knees when sitting are fine)
2) Immodest swimwear
3) Sleeveless clothing
4) Tight-fitting, excessively baggy, see-through or low-cut clothing (undergarments should not be exposed)
5) Shirts that do not cover the midriff
6) All jewelry and keep tattoos covered when possible
7) Inappropriate graphics, logos or wording
8) Heavy makeup
9) Unnaturally colored hair 

Bringing these items into cultures that are more conservative is occasionally an issue of safety as well.

Evangelistic meetings

Female speakers: Skirts/dresses that adhere to the above requirements.
Male speakers: Dress shirts and ties with slacks.
Helpers/VBS leaders: Business casual and gender appropriate.

Principles

When in doubt, err on the side of modesty, as it is mentioned in the Bible as an important quality (1 Timothy 2:9-10). Also, neatness and appropriateness are important as we seek to be ambassadors for Jesus. The apostle John admonishes living differently than the world (1 John 2:15). In addition, dress is to be distinctively masculine and feminine, reflecting a wholesome appreciation for God’s creative plan (Deuteronomy 22:5). As we determine to glorify the Lord in all we do (1 Corinthians 10:31), these qualities help us to do that in the area of dress. We want to give the world a living illustration of the inward adorning of the grace of God. We reserve the right for the Quiet Hour team leader to ask any volunteer to change their clothing when necessary.

Contact Georgia Burt at georgiab@qhministries.org or at (800) 900-9021.

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